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Should the U.K. legalize prostitution?

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Started: 3/16/2015 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I will be debating why prostitution should be legal in the U.K. and my opponent will argue why it should remain illegal

Male debate only. I wish to have a serious debate.

Prostitution: the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment

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I think that prostitution should be illegal in the U.K as it is demeaning for women and affects them mentally as well as physically. If there is going to be no special safety net for women after they are done with that career then there is definitely no way that it should be legalised.
In addition to this I think that again it won't be the women who are benefiting from it. In places like Germany where it has been legalised, you can see that the women are stuck in poverty while the people owning the casinos and brothels where they work are earning millions.
Debate Round No. 1


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In the U.K. rape is an offense which can only be commited by males. Forcing a woman to have sex is degrading, however rape reduces the value/confidence of both men and women.

Wikipedia: there are around 230 reported cases of rape a day in the U.K. The 2006"07 British Crime Survey reports that 1 in every 200 women suffered from rape in that period.

By making prostitution legal I believe the number of rapes will go down, and also deaths/suicides as a result of rape because paying for sex is far better for men and women than raping someone.

If it illegal to pay for sex and illegal to rape, then people will choose to commit a more serious crime.

According to a study in 2009 by the NSPCC on young people aged between 13"18, a third of girls and 16% of boys have experienced sexual violence and that as many as 250,000 teenage girls are suffering from abuse at any one time. Young people are clearly being targeted due to being thought as easier targets, however if prostitution was legal and managed like in some places in Germany then these statistics would probably drop.

Simply stating that prostitution is demeaning is not a genuine reason for it to be illegal. Feminism degrades men yet is legal, and women 'mentally torture' men all the time without punishment. If women truly value their own feelings then they should respect men, and not antagonise men.

What kind of safety net do women require whilst working in a brothel? Women who work there do so by choice, and can leave their job when they want, they could easily live off benefits instead, or find other employment via a job centre.

Also, owners of company's tend to be richer than their employees, this is acceptable because they have taken risks, and have legally earned their money to set up a business so should expect greater returns. Women who work in brothels are well paid according to a documentary I watched about it, if they weren't they would not do it. The life style can lead to drug related problems, but as I've said before they are not forced into anything, and if prostitution was legal they would be more likely to seek help from a professional councillor.


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Debate Round No. 2


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Kindest regards, Kirk


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